Labelling system cures the problem
A solution to this problem was developed by QuickTrace Limited, in partnership with NHS Lothian and NHS Argyll & Clyde. Called LabelTrace, it interfaces with the patient record held on the GP system and with the click of one button, the software will generate a set of labels for each test request.
The label details key information such as
- Patient ID
- Surname, forename
- Date of birth
- Requesting doctor
Labels are printed on a Zebra LP2824 label printer which was selected for several reasons:
- Its small size doesn't take up too much room on the doctor's desk. The serial connection option means it doesn't interfere with other printers connected to the pc.
- The printers are easy to use and the direct thermal option means that there is no ribbon to change, keeping things simple.
- All of the above combined with Zebra's reputation for robust, reliable printers made the LP2824 an ideal choice for this application.
After the label set has been printed, one label is attached to the actual sample and the other to the request form, which accompanies the sample. The sample is then sent off for testing at the laboratory.
When the request forms and samples are received at the laboratory, they are then scanned in, ensuring the requests are carried into the system with the correct patient details.
When testing is complete the results are then available to the doctor's practice.